What Happens When You End Up On A C-Span Panel With Your Ex-Girlfriend?

When Todd Seavey and Helen Rittlemeyer ended up on a C-Span Book panel recently, the discussion shifted swiftly from books to their former relationship:

When the audience gathered for a Book TV discussion of Jonah Goldberg’s new book, “Proud to be Right,” they got more than your average CSPAN fare.

It turns out panelists Todd Seavey and Helen Rittelmeyer, both contributors to Goldberg’s collection of essays by the next generation of conservatives, had dated at some point before appearing on this panel together. Seavey clearly had some unresolved issues with the break-up and decided to take them out on Rittelmeyer during the event, which was being televised on CSPAN2. The result is the wonkiest, nerdiest Internet revenge ever. Here is Seavey’s bizarre soliloquy, punctuated by a surprised Rittelmeyer’s short responses. Seavey’s attack starts in earnest at about 1:45.

Watch for yourself:

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. sam says:

    I think this guy’s datability quotient took an unrecoverable dive.

  2. The Q says:

    OK, does it seem as if she’s the kind of “duct tape” and “leather” kinda gal.

    I know all you social conservatives know exactly what I mean.

    Vicky Morgan ring a bell?